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‘It’s not good to hit the headlines every day’

Kareena Kapoor on the success of 3 Idiots and after.

entertainment Updated: Jan 11, 2010 19:55 IST
Hiren Kotwani

Kareena KapoorRs 260 crore in three weeks… Did you expect 3 Idiots to be such a blockbuster?

I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t expect it to be a huge hit. I was blown by the first rough cut. At the end of the show, I told Raju (Raj Kumar Hirani), "Jahaanpanaah, tussi great ho."

We expected to see more of you in the film.

3 Idiots is a kind of film where everyone has his moments, be it Madhavan, Sharman (Joshi), Boman (Irani) or even that character, Millimeter. Raju beautifully weaved in a love story into such a serious subject. It’s a flawless film with at least one scene that every actor will be remembered for. I haven’t got so many text messages for any other drunken scene, not even for Jab We Met. Piya’s dhokla-faafda dialogue got a lot of taalis. I had lots of fun doing that scene. I don’t drink. Aamir kept telling me to knock down a peg but I refused, afraid that I would forget my lines. And I carried it off. Later, when I met Aamir I told him, "See, I didn’t drink but people still loved me in that scene."

Apparently, Kajol turned down the film because she wasn’t happy with the role. What do you think you saw in it that she missed?

I knew I would be part of history. This will be one film my kids will watch and Piya Wangdu will be remembered. Four hits wouldn’t have given me the numbers that this one film did. Different films work for different actors. Aamir has proved lucky for my

sister and me — Karisma in Raja Hindustani and now me in 3 Idiots.

Yet, you haven’t been part of the promotions since.

It’s not good to hit headlines every day. Sometimes it’s really annoying to be featured in the media daily. 3 Idiots is the biggest hit ever but that doesn’t mean that I should scream about its success. It’s not classy to do so.

What about the controversies… Chetan Bhagat claiming to have got a raw deal in the credits, the film believed to be encouraging ragging and suicides?

It’s all rubbish. The film is against ragging and suicides. I haven’t read Chetan Bhagat’s book, so I can’t comment on that. All I can say is that the script Raju narrated to me was an original.

What’s next?

In Stepmom, I play a career-driven girl who has to bring up her lover’s kids. RA1 is a fun film with Shah Rukh (Khan). In Agent Vinod with Saif (Ali Khan) I’m a kind of a CIA agent from Pakistan.